Number 2• According to the learning preferences survey, I prefer the active learning style with a score of 1, the sensing learning style with a score of 3, the visual learning style with the score of 3, and the sequential learning style with a score of 5. By the end of this course, my thinking has not changed that much since then about these learning preferences. I think the biggest change would be that I am probably more of an active learner than what the survey had scored me. In addition, my overall thinking about learning preferences has definitely changed a lot. I learned a lot about being able to combine two opposite learning styles (e.g. visual and verbal) to help better my learning in unison. Knowing about these learning preferences may help me realize what my strengths might be when it comes to strategies on how to study effectively.
Number 3• I chose the Learning Sage pathway at the beginning of the class. I was successful in getting a broader knowledge of multimedia technologies. I was not very successful in getting a deeper knowledge of multimedia technologies. I was able to find my opportunity to use multimedia technologies, but not exactly to learn with others. I did not change my learning pathway by the end of the course. Although I found out more than what I knew prior to this course about multimedia technologies, it was not enough to make me feel that I have learned even half of its potentials for learning purposes. It may have been a bit because I feel screencasts and podcasts are almost the same, except one allows a visual.
Number 4• The technology quests that deal with Screencasts and Podcasts helped me get a broader understanding of how to use a multimedia technology to learn. Learning about the difference between podcasts and screencasts helps differentiate what would be useful for a certain class or what would be useful for a certain assignment. I honestly did not find any specific activity that helped me get much of a deeper understanding of how to use a multimedia technology to learn. The specific activity that helped and worked best for learning with others to use multimedia technologies would most likely be the podcast technology quest. I created a podcast for a friend of mine to listen to on his three hour drive so he could study for an important exam.
Number 5• The screencasts technology quest was probably the most explored multimedia technology quest this semester. I had a class that required us to watch and listen to a screencast almost every Friday in replacement of an in-class lecture. This accommodated my visual learning style because I was able to not only listen to what my professor was talking about, but also see the powerpoint that he was basing his lecture on. Sometimes professors do not say things as clearly as they had written it in a powerpoint. It also accommodated my active learning style because I was able to pause the screencast whenever I needed to write something important or go back if I felt that I needed to hear something that I may have missed.
Number 5 (Cont.)• The podcasts technology quest was rarely used for learning purposes this semester. The only way I was able to explore it was to make a podcast for a friend of mine for his three hour drive. At first it seems like it was just for him, but it helped me because I actually listened to the podcast several times when I was not home and did not have my notes on me. I would get sick of my voice of course, but it would be the next best thing if I did not have access to anything else. This multimedia technology accommodated my active learning style because I was able to make the podcast myself and use it not only to help myself, but to help another friend study.
Number 5 (Cont.)• The multimedia technology quest was honestly not very helpful for my learning this semester. It was hard to keep myself engaged with the multimedia learning tools that were provided in the activities. I think it would have been more interesting if I could control the speed of things instead of having to wait for it to show everything slowly before I could move on. But of course that would take away from what it was meant to do. Although it was not very helpful, it did accommodate my active learning style. Being able to actively do things with those activities instead of just reading helped a little more with understanding what they were trying to throw at me.
Number 6• The multimedia technologies that interested me the most as learning tools would be the screencasts. It was great to be able to use screencasts frequently for a class because it allowed me a chance to get used to them and to get a hands-on experience on one of the lessons of this course. None of the multimedia technologies presented to us had surprised me at all to be used as a learning tool. The multimedia learning technology that did not seem to work as a learning tool for me was from the multimedia technology quest. It had bored me more than it had helped me. That being said, I kind of want to explore that one further to improve my learning. I want to be able to understand the usefulness of it and get the hang of staying interested and focused on it.
Number 6 (Cont.)• The multimedia technology that worked best for my learning preferences would be the screencasts. It definitely helped me with my active learning style because I was able to be engaged in a lecture that was online. Sometimes it is hard to do so in an in-class lecture because if you miss something, you might not want to ask for them to repeat it. Some people find it uncomfortable to do that. Being able to pause the screencast whenever I needed or wanted to was very helpful. It did not matter what the reason was, I could pause it to take more notes or to take a break from the lecture. That is something you cannot do for an in-class lecture.
Number 7• The multimedia learning strategy that I might continue using after this class would be to quiz myself after certain sections of a screencast or a podcast so I could check to see if I truly know the information or if I need to go over them again. I am actually not too sure how I would be able to use this strategy for learning purposes at a job. I am sure it comes in handy for people who have corporate or administrative positions. I feel that those people may have to watch screencasts or go through powerpoint presentations somewhat often. Other than that, I really am not sure what else.
Number 7 (Cont.)• The multimedia technology that I will most likely continue using for learning after this class would be screencasts. I feel that other professors may make use of screencasts more than any other multimedia technology presented to us in this course. As I mentioned previously, I can only really think of corporate or administrative jobs that would use screencasts on a frequent basis. The multimedia technology that I would probably continue using for non-learning purposes would be podcasts. Podcasts are very interesting to listen to just to hear what else is going on in the world and other people’s views. I do not really feel like I want or need to avoid any multimedia technology in the future.